December 25, 2014
Brabec tops motorcycles
Brothers Luke and Dan McMillin second overall; C. Steele/Dean/Stuart complete podium
In record 1,275-mile run down Mexico’s Baja California peninsula from Ensenada to La Paz
RENO, Nev.—Toasting another memorable year of SCORE desert racing, last month’s epic 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will make its network debut with the first of multiple airings Sunday at 9 p.m. ET in a one-hour special on the CBS Sports Network.
Currently in repeat airings on the CBS Sports Network is the one-hour special from the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience at the Las Vegas Convention Center and qualifying for SCORE Trophy Trucks and unlimited Class 1 vehicles at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
With tight battles in races on both sides of the border, the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship season was capped with a memorable 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic race that covered 1,275 miles of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula. Held in mid-November,the massive race started it Ensenada, Baja California Norte and finished in La Paz, Baja California Sur. This year’s Granddaddy of all Desert Races was decided season overall and class point champions with competition in 25 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and ATVs.
Running their game plan to perfection, a desert racing ‘dream team’ of Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, San Diego’s Andy McMillin and Jason Voss, of Gilroy, Calif. rolled like Rockstars, overcoming a brutally-rugged course, driving to the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory in the popular motorsports extravaganza. The international showcase featured racers from 34 U.S. States, the U.S. Territory of Gauam and 17 countries.
When the results became official after review of the data loggers in each finishing vehicle by SCORE officials, the MacCachren/McMillin/Voss trio had rocketed to a memorable race down Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. The talented trio finished the mentally-draining, physically grueling race from Ensenada to La Paz in 22 hours, 31 minutes and 27 seconds while averaging an impressive 56.64 miles per hour in the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150.
The sport’s newest dream team blew by a field of 237 starters in cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs for a victory margin of nearly 29 minutes. The starting grid included 31 starters in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks.
With the rugged course traveling on both sides of the peninsula, the world’s most famous desert race was a peninsula run, starting in Ensenada, Baja California Norte and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur. With 10 checkpoints along the way, it was the longest course in race history for the race in the 21 years it started in Ensenada and finished in La Paz.
Finishing second overall and second in SCORE Trophy Truck to the desert dream team was the third-generation desert racing brother duo of Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif. and Dan McMillin, La Mesa, Calif. with a time of 23:00:08 (55.56mph) in their new No. 83 Mark Racing Ford F-150.
Completing the SCORE Trophy Truck podium and finishing third overall was the team of Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Pat Dean, Las Vegas/Cody Stuart, San Clemente, Calif., who covered the distance in 23:41:18 at an average speed of 54.29mph in the No. 16 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Chevy Silverado. A veteran racer, who has raced and won his class in several classes, it was Steele’s first podium finish in SCORE Trophy Truck.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, are being televised on a delayed basis in the USA and Canada as a one-hour special on the CBS Sports Network. The shows, produced by SoCal’s acclaimed BCII TV, air a minimum of two times on the CBS Sports Spectacular show.
All shows are scheduled to premier in the next month following the event. The success of the productions has enabled CBS Sports Network to air multiple airings of the first three 2014 races. The SCORE San Felipe 250 had 17 extra airings, the SCORE Imperial Valley 250 had five extra airings, and the SCORE Baja 500 garnered seven hours of extra airings in CBS Sports Network.
Following the CBS Sports Network telecasts in the US, the SCORE races air worldwide in over 100 countries through international distribution.
Following are the air dates for the debut of the remaining 2014 SCORE shows on the CBS Sports Network…
• Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 qualifying from Las Vegas Motor Speedway/SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (debuted Sunday, Dec. 21, 9 p.m. ET and is in repeat airings now)
• Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 (Sunday, Dec. 28, 9 p.m. ET)
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
Finishing its 41st year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2014, the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series will include four special events in Baja California, Mexico, and one in the United States. Here is the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
• 29th annual Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
• Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, April 16-19, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Mexico
• 47th annual Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, June 4-7, Ensenada Mexico
• 3rd SCORE Imperial Valley 250, Sept. 24-27, Plaster City, Calif.
• 48th annual Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Ensenada, Mexico
Official Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Rigid Industries LED Lighting-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Volaris Airlines-Official Airline, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino, Hotel Coral and Marina-Official Hotel.
Associate Sponsors: SatellitePhoneStore.com and Symons Ambulance Company.
Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.score-international.com.
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